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Sandusky, Oswego, Star: The Supermodified Triple Crown Kicks-Off Saturday in Ohio

OSWEGO, NY (July 27, 2016) – The Triple Crown of Supermodified racing officially opens Saturday at Ohio’s Sandusky Speedway with the running of the annual ISMA Supermodified Hy-Miler Nationals.
Consisting of Sandusky’s Hy-Miler, Oswego Speedway’s Budweiser International Classic 200, and New Hampshire’s Star Speedway Classic, the Triple Crown is rich in history and tradition, dating back to 1966 when all three races were first run in the same season.
In that first year Gordon Dukes drove to victory at the Sandusky Classic with Johnny Benson Sr. nabbing the Oswego Classic, and Eddie West earning the inaugural Star Classic crown.
While all three events were not contended in the same year until ’66, the Sandusky Classic, known as the Hy-Miler Nationals since 1978, dates back to 1950 while Oswego’s Classic event was first run in 1957.
In 1965, Dukes would actually claim the Sandusky Classic and Oswego Classic, but with no Star Classic yet in existence, he would not have a chance at the pure Triple Crown title.
After all three events came to be known in ’66; Benson would go on to become the first driver to claim wins in two of the three Classics, with a Sandusky victory in 1967.  Benson’s Oswego win and Sandusky win in consecutive years would be his only Triple Crown victories.
Oswego’s great champion Nolan Swift was the next driver to lay claim to two of three Supermodified Classic titles.  Swift had of course won Oswego’s Classic in 1960 and 1963, but his win in 1967 first put him on the path to Triple Crown history.
In 1971 Swift earned a Sandusky Classic victory, joining him with Benson and Dukes as the only drivers to win Sandusky and Oswego.  Even more impressive, Swift would also go on to win the 1971 Oswego Classic, making him the first driver with a chance to win all three Classic titles in the same season.
Swift would never earn a victory in the Star Classic, but would win his sixth and final Oswego Classic in 1972.
Joining Dukes, Benson, and Swift as lifetime winners of two legs of the Triple Crown are historic drivers Russ Wood, Chris Perley, Jim Shampine, Gary Allbritain, Warren Coniam, Gene Lee Gibson, Dave Shullick Jr., Lou Cicconi, and Jon McKennedy.
Of those drivers Wood, Perley, Shampine, Gibson, and Cicconi would earn two Classic wins in the same season.
Wood, the winningest driver in Star Classic history with seven titles, laid claim to the Sandusky Hy-Miler and Star Classics in the same season back in 1997.  With three more victories in the Hy-Miler through his career, Wood has scored a total of 11 Classic wins between Sandusky and Star, trailing only Bentley Warren for most all-time.
Perley, who has scored nine overall Classic wins between Sandusky and Star, earned Hy-Miler and Star Classic wins in the same season twice, coming in 2008 and 2009.
Most known for his Oswego accolades, Shampine earned an Oswego Classic and a Star Classic in the same season in 1980.
Gibson would have a star studded year in 1987 as he would win the Sandusky Classic, Oswego’s Mr. Supermodified, and the Star Classic all in the same season.  Unfortunately for Gibson, his try for the pure Triple Crown in that year came up short while battling Bentley Warren for an Oswego Classic win, as Warren Coniam took advantage in lapped traffic to earn another Classic victory.

In 2014, Cicconi would top the Sandusky and Star Classic events driving for car owner Clyde Booth.
While several historic Supermodified drivers came close to the Triple Crown, only four legendary drivers would earn the feat.
After the introduction of the Star Classic in ’66, it took 17 years for a driver to win all three Classic events, and it would first come at the hands of a relative upstart, known as the ‘Young One.’
Doug Heveron stormed onto the Supermodified scene like none before him, and did so at a young age.  By 1981, at the age of 20, Heveron was already a Sandusky Hy-Miler champion and he backed it up with an Oswego Classic win in the same season.
Heveron fell short of the Star Classic, and a shot at history in ’81, but in 1982 after winning another Oswego Classic, the ‘Young One’ stormed to a Star Classic victory becoming the first driver to ever win all three Supermodified Triple Crown events.
The next driver to turn the trick was Bentley Warren in 1984, and he would do it unlike Heveron, or any driver since.
With an Oswego Classic win in 1969 and a Star Classic victory in 1976 Warren, like Heveron, was on his way to claiming a lifetime Supermodified Triple Crown in 1984.
With his first win in the Sandusky Hy-Miler in ‘84, Warren would join Heveron as the only drivers to that point to win all three Classic events through their career.
However, with another Oswego Classic win in ’84 and a victory in the ’84 Star Classic, Warren officially made history becoming the only driver to ever win the pure Triple Crown, taking all three wins in the same season.
In 1986 the New England driving ace nearly pulled the feat again after winning at Sandusky and Oswego, but fell short at Star in the fall.
Warren would go on to claim a total of 15 Classic wins between all three events, earning three Hy-Miler victories, six Oswego Classics, and six Star Classics.
Watching Warren along the path to history was Oswego native Joe Gosek.
After years of trying, Gosek came into true form around 1985, and in 1989 earned his first Hy-Miler win at Sandusky.  Two years later he would return to Hy-Miler victory lane and realized a dream of winning the Oswego Classic as well in ’91.
Like Warren and others before him, Gosek now had a chance at the Triple Crown later in ’91 at Star, but like many others, he fell short.
Four years later however, Gosek would earn his first career Star Classic title in 1995, joining Heveron and Warren as Triple Crown champions.
In 2002, Gosek again had a shot at the pure Triple Crown after winning at Sandusky and Oswego.  In total, Gosek has eight career Classic victories across the board.
The last of the legendary shoes to earn wins in all three Triple Crown events is Mike Ordway, who is the most recent of the foursome to accomplish the feat, finishing the task in 2004.
Ordway first won a Classic event in 1998 at the Star Classic before winning the Oswego Classic in 2003 and the Sandusky Hy-Miler in 2004.
In total, 65 drivers have earned Classic victories between Sandusky, Oswego, and Star since 1950.
Saturday’s Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler Nationals will begin the 2016 edition of the Triple Crown, with Oswego’s Budweiser International Classic 200 next in line on September 4, and Star Speedway’s Classic finishing the Triple on September 10.
Wood, Perley, Shullick, Cicconi, and McKennedy are the only drivers with wins in two legs of the Triple Crown still considered active, although Wood and McKennedy have not been regular competitors.  Each driver still lacks a win in Oswego’s Budweiser International Classic to accomplish the Triple.
Other recently active drivers with opportunities to earn a second leg of the Triple Crown include Bob Bond, Otto Sitterly, Tim Jedrzejek, Justin Belfiore, Davey Hamilton, Dave McKnight, Joey Payne, Mark Sammut, Tim Snyder, and Ben Seitz.
Fans can reserve seats today for Oswego’s Budweiser International Classic Weekend by calling the Speedway’s main box office at (315) 342-0646.
Weekend general admission seating is available for $90, with reserved seating set at $95.
For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  Those interested in Speedway video programming online can subscribe to the Speedway’s YouTube Channel, ‘OswegoSpeedwayOnline’.


Supermodified Triple Crown Champions:

Bentley Warren
(Sandusky: ’84, ’85, ’86 – Oswego: ’69, ’84, ’86, ’89, ’90, ’98 – Star: ’76, ’84, ’89, ’90, ’93, ’94)

Joe Gosek
(Sandusky: ’89, ’91, ’02 – Oswego: ’91, ’92, ’02 – Star: ’95, ’01)

Doug Heveron
(Sandusky: ’81 – Oswego: ’81, ’82 – Star: ’82, ’83)

Mike Ordway
(Sandusky: ’04 – Oswego: ’03 – Star: ’98)

King Trent Stephens VIII Snags King of Wings Crown at Oswego; Mike Bond Dominates SBS Main

Bill Taylor Photo
Oswego Speedway
Oswego, NY
Saturday, July 9th, 2016

King of Wings VIII pres by.
Helena Chemical Company and Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Oswego

BOX SCORE:

ISMA Supermodifieds

ISMA Supermodified King of Wings VIII (50-laps): 1. 19 – Trent Stephens, 2. 84 – Mike Lichty, 3. 78 – Mark Sammut, 4. 76 – Moe Lilje, 5. 97 – Tim Jedrzejek, 6. 22 – Mike McVetta, 7. 95 – Dave Shullick Jr, 8. 49 – Danny Shirey, 9. 74 – Rob Summers, 10. 11 – Chris Perley, 11. 17 – Ben Seitz, 12. 52 – Dave Danzer, 13. 64 – Jim Paller, 14. 25 – Dan Bowes, 15. 61 – Mike Ordway Jr, 16. 40 – Bob Magner, 17. 65 – Tim Ice, 18. 21 – Ed Witkum Jr

Heat #1 (10-laps): 1. 11 – Chris Perley, 2. 74 – Rob Summers, 3. 97 – Timmy Jedrzejek, 4. 49 – Danny Shirey, 5. 65 – Tim Ice, 6. 1 – Kyle Edwards

Heat #2 (10-laps): 1. 52 – Dave Danzer, 2. 95 – Dave Shullick Jr, 3. 76 – Moe Lilje, 4. 19 – Trent Stephens, 5. 22 – Mike McVetta, 6. 25 – Danny Bowes

Heat #3 (10-laps): 1. 17 – Ben Seitz, 2. 84 – Mike Lichty, 3. 78 – Mark Sammut, 4. 61 – Mike Ordway Jr, 5. 64 – Jim Paller, 6. 21 – Ed Witkum Jr, 7. 40 – Bobby Magner

ISMA Supermodified Time Trials: 1. 84 – Mike Lichty: 14.777, 2. 95 – Dave Shullick Jr.: 14.971, 3. 97 – Tim Jedrzejek: 15.192, 4. 61 – Mike Ordway Jr.: 15.197, 5. 22 – Mike McVetta: 15.201, 6. 74 – Rob Summers: 15.430, 7. 17 – Ben Seitz: 15.454, 8. 52 – Dave Danzer: 15.456, 9. 1 – Kyle Edwards: 15.512, 10. 78 – Mark Sammut: 15.532, 11. 76 – Moe Lilje: 15.567, 12. 11 – Chris Perley: 15.570, 13. 65 – Tim Ice: 15.688, 14. 21 – Ed Witkum Jr.: 15.701, 15. 19 – Trent Stephens: 15.749, 16. 64 – Jim Paller: 15.976, 17. 49 – Danny Shirey: 16.092, 18. 25 – Dan Bowes: 16.119

Pathfinder Bank SBS

Pathfinder Bank SBS (30-laps): 1. 74 – Mike Bond, 2. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 3. 54 – Camden Proud, 4. 22 – Mike Bruce, 5. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 6. 50 – Dave Cliff, 7. 9 – Jack Patrick, 8. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 9. 16 – Lucas Jones, 10. 67 – Tyler Shullick, 11. 37 – Jesse Bearup, 12. 77 – cameron Rowe, 13. 76 – Scott Shafer, 14. 15 – Jame Babcock, 15. 2 – Rob Pullen, 16. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 17. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 18. 23 – Cameron Black, 19. 69 – Mark Castiglia

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #50 – Dave Cliff

Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer: #54 – Camden Proud

White’s Car Care 4th Place: #22 – Mike Bruce

Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader: #74 – Mike Bond

Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award: #69 – Mark Castiglia

Heat #1 (10-laps): 1. 22 – Mike Bruce, 2. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 3. 9 – Jack Patrick, 4. 77 – Cameron Rowe, 5. 16 – Lucas Jones, 6. 15 – James Babcock, 7. 90 – Greg O’Connor

Heat #2 (10-laps): 1. 54 – Camden Proud, 2. 69 – Mark castiglia, 3. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 4. 2 – Rob Pullen, 5. 50 – Dave Cliff, 6. 67 – Tyler Shullick

Heat #3 (10-laps): 1. 74 – Mike Bond, 2. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 3. 37 – Jesse Bearup, 4. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 5. 76 – Scott shafer, 6. 23 – Cameron Black

ISMA Supermodifieds Return Saturday for King of Wings VIII Battle Royale

(Bob Clark Photo)

OSWEGO, NY (July 5, 2016) – The mighty ISMA Supermodifieds, as well as the Pathfinder Bank SBS, return to Oswego Speedway on Saturday, July 9 for the eighth edition of the prestigious King of Wings presented by Holiday Inn Express and Suites and Helena Chemical Company.

King of Wings VIII will mark the second round of the Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series at the Speedway, bringing the best in winged Supermodified racing to the Port City for the right to wear the crown that comes along with a King of Wings championship.

Joining the ISMA Supermodified 50-lap King of Wings VIII main event will be the next round in the Road to the Championship for Oswego’s Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers.

Since the inaugural King of Wings in 2009, a total of six different drivers have claimed the coveted title.

King Charlie Schultz I was the first champion of the of the popular summer spectacular, out-gunning then teammate Tim Ice, Mike Lichty, Ray Graham, and Chris Perley for the title.

In 2010, King Bob Bond II earned his first career Supermodified win in the King of Wings driving his own No. 25 Supermodified to victory with Ice again settling for second ahead of Bobby Dawson, Bob Magner, and Joe Gosek.

The 2011 running of KoW would see a third different winner, but again the same runner-up.  This time it would be King Mike Lichty III leading Ice across the line for the win with Timmy Jedrzejek, Trent Stephens and Randy Ritskes filling the top five spots.

The King of Wings main in 2012 was one for the record books, with longtime Supermodified car owner Steve Miller finally grabbing his first main event win with King Dave Gruel IV wheeling the Sweet 16 to victory over Johnny Benson, Schultz, Lou Cicconi, and Jedrzejek.

In 2013 the King of Wings would see its first repeat winner as King Mike Lichty V flew to victory over Dave Shullick Jr., Ben Seitz, Ice, and Jeff Locke.

In 2014 another name was added to the illustrious list of King of Wings champions as King Dave Shullick VI stormed to the payday over Perley, Lichty, Locke, and Seitz.

Then last season the sixth different winner’s name was etched in history as King Otto Sitterly VII earned his first ISMA Supermodified win with a spectacular run over Alison Cumens, Perley, Danny Shirey, and Jedrzejek.

Each year Oswego Speedway’s King of Wings provides another thread of memorable moments and this year will be no different as ISMA championship combatants Lichty and Shullick lead the band of winged warriors back to the ‘Steel Palace.’

Lichty returns to Oswego this weekend with the hot hand at the Big O having won the Jack Murphy Memorial at the Speedway on May 28, after having set another new track record with a lap of 14.730 seconds.

The top ten of the ISMA Supermodified point standings heading into Oswego this weekend is a who’s who of Supermodified competitors with Mike McVetta, Dave McKnight, Jedrzejek, Seitz, Kyle Edwards, Mike Ordway Jr., Mark Sammut, and Ice all joining the fray.

The Speedway’s pit window will open at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday with the main pit gate opening at 2 p.m.  Hot laps will take place at 3:30 p.m. with the opening on the spectator gates with ISMA time trials at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for King of Wings VIII.  Tickets can be purchased at the Speedway box office or by phone.

General admission seating is available for $30 with padded reserved seating for $35.  Pit admission on Saturday is $40 with VIP seating available for $90.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  Those interested in Speedway video programming online can subscribe to the Speedway’s YouTube Channel, ‘OswegoSpeedwayOnline’.

To purchase tickets for the 2016 racing season call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

Oswego Speedway King of Wings Champions:

2009 – Charlie Schultz
2010 – Bob Bond
2011 – Mike Lichty
2012 – Dave Gruel
2013 – Mike Lichty

2014 – Dave Shullick Jr.
2015 – Otto Sitterly